UPDATED: Ratification vote to be held Monday, March 9

A silhouette of someone dropping a ballot into a ballot box

A silhouette of someone dropping a ballot into a ballot box

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A free, fully accessible shuttle bus will take members from in front of the main gate of York University (at York Boulevard and Keele Street) to the TTC bus stop next to the Rexall Centre (The Pond Road at Arboretum Lane) every 30 minutes, starting at 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The shuttle will depart the TTC bus stop next to the Rexall Centre every 30 minutes, starting at 3:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Find the Rexall Centre on this map.

On Thursday, March 5 (after three days on strike), CUPE 3903 resumed negotiations with the York University administration. By the end of the next day, on Friday, March 6, the Employer presented its final offer to the union, which the Bargaining Team voted to send to the membership for consideration in a ratification vote. The Executive Committee has now voted to back the Bargaining Team’s decision.

The ratification vote will take place on Monday, March 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. near Keele campus at the Rexall Centre. The Rexall Centre is not legally part of the York University campus, so members will not have to cross picket lines to attend the ratification vote.

Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. During the meeting, the Bargaining Team will present the Employer’s final offer and make a recommendation to accept or reject the offer.

The presentation will last for up to one hour, followed by another hour of discussion (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Voting by secret ballot will open at the beginning of the meeting, and be available for two hours afterwards – for a total of four hours (4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Members of each unit will vote separately on each of their own offers.

Details of the final offer for each of the three units are available here and will be available in print version at the meeting.

The ratification meeting is governed by Article 13 (II) (c) of the bylaws. The overall ratification process is governed by Article 22 of the bylaws and the Ontario Labour Relations Act. The date of the ratification meeting has been chosen based on the proposed back-to-work protocols, tentatively agreed to by the Employer and the union.

If members vote by a simple majority (by unit) to ratify the Terms of Settlement (the Employer’s offer), the strike will end and members will likely return to work on Tuesday, March 10. If members vote by a simple majority (by unit) to reject the Terms of Settlement, the strike will continue.

Members should note that the strike is still underway, and that picketing at all gates of York University will proceed as planned on Monday, March 9.

Further details about the meeting will be posted here and shared widely with the members as soon as they are confirmed.

For more information, please email CUPE3903chairperson@gmail.com.


4:00 p.m. Doors open

4:30 p.m. Presentation by the Bargaining Team of the Employer’s final offer / voting begins

5:30 p.m. Discussion and questions for the Bargaining Team / voting continues

6:30 p.m. Call for scrutineers (12) / meeting ends / voting continues

8:30 p.m. Voting ends / counting of the ballots begins

The results of the vote will be announced as soon as all the ballots are counted.

Members are not obliged to attend the entire meeting in order to vote on the Employer’s final offer, but we strongly encourage members to attend and listen to the bargaining report before voting, if possible. Members may vote anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Please bring a piece of ID.

Please contact Sheila Wilmot at CUPE3903.equity.officer@gmail.com or at 416-736-5154 ext. 3 if you require any of the following: ASL interpretation, reimbursement for childcare/caregiver/attendant care, and/or transportation costs for members who are unable to secure Wheel-Trans, or other requests for accommodation.